Oppo Reno 6 Pro: We’ve seen it before in the Reno 5 Pro, but with a more powerful SoC
Oppo’s premium Reno series of smartphones has been updated by the Oppo Reno 6 Pro, and the Oppo Reno 6 respectively.
These 5G smartphones succeed in the Reno 5 series. These phones continue to focus on slimness and lightweight, but they also boast more powerful SoCs and better camera features.
Oppo hasn’t strayed too far from the tried-and-true formula we’ve seen before, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. This will be discussed in more detail in the review.
Today we will be focusing on Oppo Reno 6 Pro, which is the flagship model in the series.
Oppo is promoting their new “bokeh” feature, which simulates the soft background blur that you get with a narrow aperture lens for a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
The Reno 6 Pro also retains many of the great features that made Reno 5 Pro 5G so special. We now face stiff competition in sub-Rs. The Reno 6 Pro can keep up with the 40,000 segments.
Oppo Reno Pro prices and variants
Oppo Reno 6 Pro can only be purchased in one configuration, just like its predecessor.
However, Oppo has increased storage and RAM by doubled. The new model has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
This latter feature is not expandable as the SIM tray cannot accommodate two Nano-SIM cards. India’s Reno 6 Pro costs Rs. 39,990
Oppo Reno 6 Pro design
Oppo hasn’t changed the Reno 6 Pro’s design too much. It looks almost identical to the Reno 5 Pro 5G.
The thickness is 7.6mm. However, the weight has increased to 177g. It looks great with the chrome-lined frame, curved front and rear, and a rounded back.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is used to protect the display. The back glass gets a special treatment that gives it a matte, shimmering, crystal-like finish.
This phone comes in Stellar Black trim, which I find very attractive. The placement of the buttons was very ergonomic for me.
The speaker, USB Type-C port, and SIM tray are located at the bottom. The flattened top is not readable like the previous model.
It only has a microphone. Oppo Reno 6 Pro doesn’t have a headset jack, but the box contains a USB Type C headset.
The display has excellent specifications. The panel is a full-HD+ Full-HD+ AMOLED panel, measuring 6.5 inches.
It has a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ playback certificate. There’s also a 180Hz touch sampling speed. It’s exactly the same as the Reno 5 Pro 5G.
I expected more. The bezels are uniformly slim and the cutout for a selfie camera is minimal.
You get the same features as the previous model. An in-display fingerprint scanner and an option for an always-on display are available.
This allows you to quickly check notifications, time, battery level, and other information.
The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G felt familiar to me after I had tested it myself. Its slim design and low weight are positives. The glass back’s new texture makes it very attractive.
Software and specifications for Oppo Reno 6 Pro
The Oppo Reno 6 Pro has received a major upgrade with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SOC.
The new Density 1000+ SoC is smaller than the Density 1000+ SoC from the previous model.
It also uses a smaller 6nm process, rather than 7nm. The GPU performance has also been improved, even though the subsystem is identical on paper.
This SoC is not new to the Reno 6 Pro. We recently reviewed it on the Realme X7 Max.
Additional features include dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, and NFC as well as the usual range of sensors and satellite navigation systems.
Oppo claims it used both a color temperature sensor and an ambient light sensor on the phone’s front and back to adjust the auto-brightness.
FM radio is not available. The Oppo Reno 6 Pro has a slightly larger 4,500mAh lithium battery than the Reno 5 Pro 5G and the same 65W fast-charging capability.
Stereo speakers are still missing from the Oppo Reno 6 Pro.
This was also missing on the previous model, so it’s disappointing that they are still not available even with the latest generation.
Stereo speakers can be found in phones for as low as Rs. Stereo speakers can be found in phones as low as Rs. 20,000 so it is not a huge loss to have them in a phone of this price.
The company’s latest ColorOS 11.3 is running on this phone. It is very similar in function and form to the version that we tested on Reno 5 Pro 5G (v11.1).
You can customize the system theme, always-on display, animations, and other settings.
Oppo pre-installs some apps, such as O Relax that plays soothing sounds, and a gaming mode that blocks distracting noises while playing games.
ColorOS has some interesting new features in its latest version. Some apps and features seem to have been directly influenced OnePlus’ OxygenOS.
One example is the ‘AOD Portrait Silhouette’ feature found in the customization menu for the always-on display.
This feature is basically a renamed version of the ‘Canvas AOD’ feature that was first introduced on recent OnePlus smartphones.
The gaming app previously known as Game Space in ColorOS has been renamed to Games.
The interface design is identical to that found on OnePlus phones.
The recent merger between the companies and the announcement that ColorOS will merge into OxygenOS means we may see more shared features and design elements on phones made by the two brands.
Oppo Reno 6 Pro ships with many unnecessary preloaded apps. These apps tend to spam your notification tray unless they are uninstalled.
This is a problem that apps like Browser and Theme Store are well-known for, and they can’t be uninstalled.
Oppo Reno6 Pro performance and battery lifetime
During the review period, I was able to live with the Oppo Reno 6 Pro. Because it was so light, I could barely feel it in my pocket.
This also made it easier to use one-handed. Face recognition is faster than fingerprint sensors. This works even in low light.
ColorOS ran flawlessly on this phone. This was partly due to the large RAM and also because of the fast SoC. It didn’t miss a beat.
The Reno 6 Pro produced an impressive 5,904,473 points in AnTuTu. These were solid benchmark numbers.
Gaming was also very smooth. The phone’s slim body didn’t make it too hot, even after prolonged gaming sessions.
Asphalt 9: Legends, a heavy title, ran flawlessly with stable framerates. The display refresh rate dropped from 60Hz to most of the games I tried.
However, Brawl Stars ran at 90Hz. It also became very bright which made the games feel more immersive.
The video experience was great, even with HDR content. The stereo sound would have been even better.
The Reno 6 Pro’s battery life was also very solid. With lots of video watching and checking out social media apps, I was able to use the Reno 6 Pro for about a day.
The phone performed well in HD video loop testing, lasting 17 hours and 21 seconds. With the provided adapter, the battery was also quick to charge.
The Oppo Reno 6 Pro was charged in less than half an hour.
Oppo Reno 6 Pro camera
The Oppo Reno 6 Pro camera setup is almost identical to the Reno 5 Pro. The Oppo Reno 6 Pro has a 64-megapixel primary camera and an f/1.7 aperture.
There is also an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro cam, and a 2-megapixel monochrome lens camera.
A 32-megapixel front camera is available for selfies. We don’t have an upgrade to the main rear camera, nor does it have optical stabilization.
Bokeh Flare Portrait is the main selling point of this camera. It can be activated when you shoot videos.
The filter does a great job of isolating your subject (it works best for people) from the background, even when you move around.
The light from the background can be defocused to create shimmering areas of light. Even during the day, this works even if there is scattered sunlight through trees.
This can be used with both the front and rear cameras. This is a great little filter and it works well.
You can adjust the background blur and use the “bokeh” filter to add a normal effect to videos.
We also have the AI Highlight Video filter and AI Colour Portrait filter, which we used to see on Reno models before.
The Reno 5 Pro 5G’s performance for still photography is very comparable to my experience with it.
Landscapes, as well as close-up shots, are taken throughout the day, are packed with details.
The ultra-wide camera produced slightly less vibrant colors and the details around the edges were lower than average.
Low-light stills looked great too. Close-ups can still capture great color and detail, even without night mode.
As long as my hands are steady enough, I was able to get good quality close-ups. Optic sibilation would have made it easier to shoot in such situations.
Both the main and ultra-wide cameras have night mode, which is very effective at brightening scenes. Both daytime and night, the selfie camera captured great shots.
The recorded video still needs improvement. Although the Oppo Reno 6 Pro is capable of recording video at 4K 30fps it does not have stabilization.
This is just like the model before. The video quality is good when you shoot at 4K during the day.
The video quality isn’t as good as 4K, although electronic stabilization kicks in at 1080p. Low light shooting can cause noticeable jitter.
The Oppo Reno 6 Pro is very similar to its predecessor, which I find a bit too close.
The mid-range segment of Indian smartphones has changed significantly since we reviewed the Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G back in January.
Some of the features that were missing from the Reno 5 Pro 5G are even more apparent in the new model. Rs 39,990
Stereo speakers, 4K video stabilization, and possibly an IP rating would have helped the Reno 6 Pro to be a stronger product.
The Reno 6 Pro is not the only phone that offers similar or better features. Phones like the Mi 11X, Realme X7 Max, and Realme X7 Max are also available at lower prices.
The price of the Mi 11X Pro is Rs. 39,990. You’ll find powerful and feature-rich smartphones like the Mi 11X Pro or the OnePlus 9R at Rs. 39,990.
It’s also worth waiting to see if the OnePlus Nord 2 or Poco F3 GT will launch at a more competitive price, as they are expected to use the same Dimensity SoC that the Reno 6 Pro, but it is possible to make a decision.
Oppo Reno 6 Pro is a slim and lightweight phone in its class. It also has the right looks.
While it isn’t perfect and there are some features that are still missing, they don’t negate the fact that this phone is a powerful smartphone with good battery performance and decent still photography cameras.
It would have been more affordable if Oppo had set it at a lower price.
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